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The Bow and Twist Updo Tutorial

With James Rowe
Duration23 minutes
Skill levelIntermediate


James Rowe's dressing and styling tutorial consists of two radically different two looks that James has used in fashion industry shows, which is a very different market to hair shows. These are hairstyles that incorporate great, fundamental techniques as well as useful insider secrets and tips from the session hairdressing world.

Session hairdressers typically use assistants to help to apply product, hold hair in place during tricky and complicated manoeuvres and to enable speed during busy photographic shoots and catwalk shows. It is recommended that an assistant is used to recreate these looks.

The first look is a playful, off-centred, classic session Hair Bow. A complex method simplified by intelligent process and anchorage.

The second look is a quick-change session look - dramatic, dishevelled and youthful.

James demonstrates a variety of techniques essential for anyone learning to dress hair, including brush use, back brushing and combing, pinning hair, creating ponytails and rolls, and blow drying.

Members can also download our step by step guide to the bow and twist hairstyles.

Technical skills

  • Avant-garde
  • Back-brushing
  • Back-combing
  • Blow drying
  • Brush use
  • Dressing hair
  • Photographic
  • Pinning
  • Ponytails
  • Rolls


Contributor: James Rowe
Model: Megan
Make-Up Artist: Holly Bellm
Photographer: Jamie Harrison

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